$2.5 Million Jury Verdict for Failure to Monitor Post Surgery Hernia Operation

Margaret Parr, 68, underwent a hiatal hernia repair done by Dr. Medhat Allam. She was discharged several hours after the surgery. That night and the next morning, she suffered severe pain and was brought to another hospital where she underwent a second surgery, which revealed necrosis of her gallbladder, intestines, pancreas and stomach.

Unfortunately, Parr later died of ischemia resulting from thrombosis that had compromised one or more of the stents that been implanted in her celiac and mesenteric artery the year before.

Parr was a retiree and survived by her wife and adult daughter.

Parr’s wife, individually, and on behalf of her estate, sued Dr. Allam and his employer, alleging that he chose not to properly monitor Parr and for wrongfully discontinuing her anticoagulant and antiplatelet medication before the surgery.

The lawsuit also alleged that Dr. Allam had failed to consult a vascular surgeon about Parr’s complicated condition or order a radiological study of the implanted stents. Parr, who had significant risk of post-surgical complications, should not have been discharged until the day after the surgery, the Parr family argued.

The jury signed a verdict for $2.5 million.

At trial, the plaintiffs presented experts in vascular surgery and surgery.

The defendants presented experts in the same fields, vascular surgery and surgery.

The attorney handling this case for the Parr family was Clifford S. Argintar.

Parr v. Allam, No. 64199/14 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Suffolk County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling surgical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death cases, surgeon negligence lawsuits, medical malpractice cases and wrongful death lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Wood Dale, Mount Prospect, Northfield, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Mettawa, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Chicago (McKinley Park, Wood Lawn, Gage Park, Brighton Park, Homan Square, Near West Side, West Loop, Hermosa, Kilbourn Park, Old Irving Park, Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Sauganash, Edgewater, Uptown), Rosemont, Des Plaines and Crestwood, Ill.

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